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north-south between stanford which would be in the bottom left hand corner. >> very close to danbury? >> yes. but a long way away from the coast which is what most people are familiar with and the metro train lines, et cetera. and also very difficult for reporters to get there and others as well. lou palumbo is a retired nassau county police officer. i know you've had these calls in your past. what is the protocol? what happens immediately when a call comes in to authorities that it is an elementary squoch when they are dealing with a possible shooter. >> ashleigh? >> hi, lou. can you hear me? >> i can barely hear you. >> i'm trying to get a read from you, with your past experience, when a call comes in that there may be a shooter at an elementary school, is there a protocol? can you walk me through what these responding officers are doing right now? >> i can tell you this, especially with incidents involving children, whether they are struck by autos or incidents of the schools, you just can't get there fast enough. we really don't expect to have incidents of this type happening. >>
with the newtown voluntary ambulance corps said one teacher has been transported to nearby hospital in danbury possibly with a gunshot wound. we don't know the extent of that injury. i can tell you other schools in the area are locked down. this would affect 5400 children in this very small community in that lockdown position. the school we're talking about, jenna, had toddlers to fifth graders reportedly. what we know now is they are asking parents to sit by a phone and wait for a call from the newtown central community center. they want that as a dispatch rather than parents showing up. they want parents to stay back so they can work the scene, secure it but also try to catch suspects or any evidence that they need to gather at that time along with helping any potential injured. but the other reason is they want those parents to be in a location where they can be easily reached. should the worst happen and they need to contact them about that. so that's the latest now. newtown, connecticut. a town on edge, schools on lockdown at this point. no more to report. no deto report on the actual sho
units, asking that no more come to the school. but at the danbury high school close by, we do not know whether these are students or whether these are administrators, whether these are teachers. but they are holding and asking that no more emsb brought there. we also understand they had other units requested by other towns but now they're being held back. we have three patients at danbury hospital. we got the first call for help about an hour and 20 minutes ago. and they are now saying to withhold anymore ems units. is this mean that they are close to understanding the breadth and depth of this emergency? >> i think you're right, richard, i think this may well be a situation that just transpired in a very manner of minutes. there are unconfirmed reports of injuries, as you suggest now, we have got confirmation in the hospital. we're told the shooting may have taken place in the main office and that at least one shooter may be down. again, everything appears to be in inundetermined at this time, but by 12 by stopping any further ems units from coming, it indicates that they have -- if t
, however, of three individuals from the school at a nearby danbury hospital. the scene unfolded earlier today when a 911 call came in at 9:41 a.m. and then at 9:57 a.m. there was a reverse 911 call to homes of the students informing them that there was an incident at their school. parents are currently being reunited with their children. police are on the ground missed the school searching room to room. connecticut state police have scheduled a news conference for 1:00 eastern. joining us on the phone, msnbc analyst and former fbi profiler clint van zandt. clint, give us your read, your assessment, on this situation? >> well, we know that the shooter is dead. we don't know whether that is by law enforcement action when the first responding officers went in and confronted him or whether, as we saw in the portland, oregon, mall shooting this past week, whether the shooter actually shot himself committing suicide. we know that at least two handguns were found. you know, that takes us back to april 2007 when the shooter at virginia tech, in that case, who killed 32 and wounded 15, also had
" and also susan paige, bureau chief with usa today. we are told that the gunman is dead and told by danbury hospital that is a trauma, three -- that at least three patients were admitted there. the hospital is in lockdown as a precaution. david, how do we absorb this kind of unfolding horror? >> well, i think very slowly as we get more details, and this is just horrifying. you know, i have three young kids, and, unfortunately, they're subjected to drills now in schools with this kind of scenario of a gunman coming in, how to stay safe. it's a very difficult thing to discuss with children, but we are in the middle of what is an unfold and a horrifying situation, so we'll await for the details, but there very quickly becomes a national conversation, not just absorbing these details and warning, but also about some kind of debate about guns in our culture that we never seem to really get around to have. after mass shootings, we say, well, is it not appropriate to have some sort of discussion? well, we'll do it later. we've had a congresswoman shot. we'll do it later. presidential race comes an
getting information in coming from the mayor, the mayor of danbury, connecticut who said that according to him three people taken to danbury hospital. the nature of their injuries at this point unknown. we did -- as we dipped into local affiliate coverage there, as you see some of the pictures, we did hear reports that one teacher was shot in the foot. that was according to one reporter there. also, another report that a child had an injury to the face and another child with an injury to the hand. a father actually had called into the cnn newsroom earlier today, suzanne, as all was this was developing saying that he saw one child taken away with, quote, serious injuries. i can also tell you that a press conference is scheduled for just about an hour from now. that will be connecticut state police. at that point hopefully we can get more details confirmed, some more information about the alleged shooter in this and more details about all of those hurt. suzanne. >> you had mentioned earlier that there were local media reports of multiple fatalities. where are these reports coming from? >>
of harm's way. abc's amy wobach reports from outside danbury hospital to bring us the many heros who emerged today. amy? >> reporter: tonight, cynthia, we are learning more about the victims of today's deadly rampage. among the 20 children and six adults killed today, we now know that the school's principal, dawn hochsprung, was among those killed. parents describe her as a loving and caring educator who was always excited about the children in her school. we now know the teachers who she led made a big difference today saving lives. for more than 600 students who attend sandy hook elementary school, it is the teacher's words they followed day in and day out. today those words might just have saved their lives. >> teachers did get them in a single line format. they told them to put their hands over their eyes as they exited in the school and quickly walked them down the street to the firehouse. >> reporter: today amid the horror, stories of extraordinary courage and heroism. teachers who barricaded doors ended up in the line of fire, led their students to safety. richard wilford's 7-
service, 3,500 local people came from newtown, from danbury. it is a tragedy. many of our associates live in newtown, we have a major facility there and it just shows the fragility of life, and i can speak as a parent that if you lose a child, nothing else matters. >> now, if someone wants to help, is there an organization that you would recommend that people help? >> they have set up a special section in the united way in danbury. and if you connect the united way danbury, they have an area where you can send funds and they're doing a lot of good work. >> okay. now your company itself has been pretty socially responsible. an issue that i thought was important is fuel, the footprint that your company has and how important this is to you. zero fuel now you use? >> it really is. it's a remarkable situation that we have, you know, we are a vertically integrated company. we have operations in vermont and vermont can go minus 40 in winter and this year we're going to burn zero oil. we have worked in terms of developing alternates, from wood waste we do heat and then we have a steam engine, lik
to that specific individual. suffice it to say the scene is secure. state police major crime squads, danbury state's attorney and many agencies are working together to answer all of the questions surrounding exactly what happened. >> that's, again, the very latest of state police there in connecticut. pete williams, our justice correspondent, also reporting that a second suspect is in custody. we are told a suspect is being questioned with the shooting. we don't know his relationship is to all of this. amanda ross is with wvit, nbc affiliate in that area. she is standing by with the very latest. what can you tell us? >> pretty much what you heard there. we do have reports of now confirmed several students and staff were killed inside that school. the shooter also found dead inside that school. as you heard from connecticut state police lieutenant paul vance, they're now going through the process of dealing with searching that school, issuing a search warrant and going to collect evidence there. what we are told right now is that the governor of connecticut, governor dannel malloy is meeting with f
-needed conversation that's going to continue. >>> later this hour, we will be speaking with the mayor of danbury, connecticut. coming up also a programming note for you. senator dianne feinstein will be on "andrea mitchell reports" today at 1:00 p.m. eastern time. >>> as i said, we are going to have the danbury, connecticut mayor coming up, mark boughton, who knew the principal of sandy hook elementary school. our big question today is does the right to bear arms trump the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? coming up, a chance to speak with republican congresswoman nan heyworth of new york to find out what she thinks. first, a live look at capitol hill. flags flying at half staff to honor victims of friday's school shooting. they will be lowered until tomorrow at sunset. begin. tomato, obviously. haha. there's more than that though, there's a kick to it. wahlalalalallala! smooth, but crisp. it's kind of like drinking a food that's a drink, or a drink that's a food, woooooh! [ male announcer ] taste it and describe the indescribable. could've had a v8. stop! stop! stop! come bac
school a mile from here. it's set up by danbury hospital, the hospital that treated the few that were wounded yesterday. there were probably about 100 cars in the parking lot. obviously out of respect for privacy we did not film them. families coming in, small children, some single moms and dads and entire families as well and they are staying for a long time. this isn't one of those things where people are coming in and out constantly. they were going in and staying in for quite a while. the whole elementary school dedicated to this today for 12 hours. in addition, yale new haven which has a nationally renowned -- >> yale university? >> yale university. they are not too far from here. they have a phone line set up and people have been calling in not only from this area but from all over the place. this is something that we're hearing people from all over the country have been affected by and using some of these resources. >> so they are bringing in a psychologist and psychiatrist and other professionals as well? >> that's right. particularly child counselors, the people who specializ
of neighboring towns are gathering to pay tribute to the murdered children and adults. gary tuchman is in danbury, which is about a 20 minute drive from newtown, i know, gary, you are at a vigil tonight. >> well, that's right, erin. all over the orfe anisabt atapne o'spki.aor3 ocue ivsi, pthe situation. no one remembers him from grade school, high school, from college. people just don't have memory of this guy. we'll obviously learn more in the days, weeks, months to come, but he was basically an invisible person it seems. >> all right. thank you very much. gary tuchman. >>> a big question a lot of people are continuing to ask is how this happened. why it happened and is there something when you're born, that can make you the kind of person who kills? can you be born a killer? connecticut chief had medical examiner h. wayne carver has asked a geneticist to join his investigation into what drove lanza to murder his mother and 26 others. carver says he might have able to help identify whether a disease caused this behavior tonight. dr. drew, thanks for taking the time. people have been asking this
in connecticut in your small town, not far away from danbury? did it ever cross your mind something like this could happen? >> well, no. but, however, it is happening so much that, you know, it is those towns that you would least suspect it happening that it is happening to. and why is it happening so much and what are we going to do in the future for other schools? how are we going to stop this? >> what do you think? what do we need to do? >> i wish i knew the answer to that. you know, just having the principals, teachers, more aware, more equipped perhaps with things. i don't -- you know, i'd like to see something like that take place. >> it is a horrific -- >> the children to be safe. >> lisa, thank god your little girl, your 8-year-old girl is okay, with you, at home, lisa joining us on the phone. good luck dealing with all of this, obviously. a horrific, horrific situation. just a little while ago, one of the young students at the school spoke out and said this. >> i was in the gym at the time. and so the teacher -- we hear lots of bangs and we thought that it was the custodian knoc
into the store in danny ferr --- danbury, connecticut. any new developments we will pass along. back to you. >> thank you. the community of newtown connecticut, takes another step toward healing after friday's deadly shooting. all the town's schools will reopen today except for sandy hook elementary. >> loved ones preparing to say goodbye to another young victim's. 6-year-old jessica. tom roussey has more from the funerals held monday for two other children. >> these students came to sing a song about keeping faith in troubled times. they also came to shed some tears. two of them go to newtown middle school where students whose brothers and sisters were killed. >> just thinking about them and their families. it is horrible. >> the first funerals, hundreds gathered to remember jack pinto known for his love of the new york giants. >> we are coming together as teammates. >> noah pozner's funeral was held in nearby fairfield. whenever his mother told him that she loved him, he replied not as much as meatpacker mom. those boys were six years old. local residents are doing what they can remember
. i described the scene inside the hospital, danbury hospital, where three of the victims were taken. we haven't been able to confirm the conditions of those victims. we're hoping to know more shortly. but, the scene inside the hospital is just one of as i described it as abject grief, nurses crying in the hallways, people, even patients here incolosable trying to wrap their minds around this. how evil do you have to be to do something like this. >> that in fact is the big question. we'll have dais to figure that out. n.j., one thing that stopped us in our tracks, you're at danbury hospital, that was the designated triage center for this tragedy as it unfolded today but what's different about the tragedy today so often, you see the gurneys being rushed in with the injured, the number that you offered, only three made it to the hospital would say perhaps a lot of what unfolded at that school. >> well, without question. and you know, the people here, the doctors, the nurses, the staff were hoping they would be able to treat more people, they only got to treat three people and although
? >> that's right, we're here at danbury hospital where the medical staff told us they thought it must have been a lot like 9/11 because they had their entire staff waiting here to receive the injured. only three arrived. the death count unimaginable, but as you mentioned, so many people are attributing that number to the heroic acts of teachers. if it weren't for their bravery, many in the community believe that number would have been even higher. >> reporter: for the nearly 700 students who attend sandy hook elementary school, it is the teachers' words they follow day in and day out. today, those words might have just saved their life. >> his teacher went and checked, locked and closed the door. they went into a corner until they were recovered by police. >> the teacher put them in the corner and they weren't allowed to move until the police came. >> this raunt restaurant has been serving pizza to sandy hook parents and teachers for more than 30 years. >> they're all heroes. >> it does sound that the teachers did everything humanly possible, down to risking their own lives to protect the
in danbury. people have gathered for a tribute there. gary is there. >> reporter: a very emotional evening right now. this is a painful story for all of us all over the world and it is acute here in the state of connecticut. and right now in danbury, a tribute to newtown. to the families and the survivors music and prayer. a short time ago a video tribute to the 20 children who died and it was so hard to watch, beautiful music playing and beautiful songs playing while hundreds of people here experiencing it. one thing, anderson, i know it is the same with you, we have covered so many tragedies, what is amazing here, we have made so many friends, i'm grateful, but sorry for how we have made these friends. that is what is happening right now. there is no such thing as closure. these families, but the more people stay together, become friendly together, the easier that recovery will be for them. but it is never complete for so many people >> anderson? >> gary, we appreciate that tonight. we have a lot more ahead. >> new polling as well suggesting public opinion mighting shifting. that is next
in connecticut looking into whether suspect lanza tried to purchase a gun from a dick's store in danbury, connecticut. >>> the company that under wrote facebook's troubled public stock offering will pay five million dollars to massachusetts. morgan stanley accused disclosing fall in revenue to certain analysts not the public facebook stock plunged after the news became public massachusetts sued because the drop forced state officials to revise expected revenue estimates. >>> one of those bundle up mornings out there. >> it is. [ unintelligible ] >>> one more cold morning before we get to the rain. the rain will bring warmer weather. we may see snow out of the next system? probably not the sierra they will get a nice dumping, if you wait until thursday it may be too late and you may have one of those eight or nine hour trips to the high country. looking down from mount tamalpais beautiful picture sausalito, tiburon, san francisco, all the way down to san mateo bridge, clear this morning and live doppler 7 hd reinforcing the fact that we hardly have any clouds over land but we have them ov
of their loved ones. we do know some wounded taken to nearby hospitals, including danbury, connecticut. we are still waiting for the president to speak to give an update and we will hear from the governor of connecticut for the latest sig. the president is expected to make a statement at the white house briefing room. you can see the live reporters waiting to speak to him right now and we are going back to -- i'm sorry, is it rob roth? okay, we are going back to paul chambers for an update. >> we have to remember this is the 3rd time the president has had to deal with a mass shooting, he dealt with the one in west virginia and injured congresswoman gabrielle giffords. we do know that this incident started 9:40. this 24-year-old ryan lanza, the gunman in this situation, his mother's name is nancy lanza and also among the dead. that's the connection we heard that he has to the school. right now unconfirmed 27 people are dead, 18 of which are said to be students. now of course we do know that lanza is from new jersey and being searched by a dozen police officers at the time. we also know that
. in danbury, connecticut, tory done a.m., k tv news. >>> house minority leader nancy pelosi is calling for a band on saul magazines holding more than ten rounds of ammunition. >> we are doing everything in our power to prevent tragedies from happening again. >> representative pelosi is calling on housespeaker john boehner to bring the proposed legislation to the house floor by a vote this saturday. >> president obama you new call for gun control and mental health struck a cord in the bay area. at the canyon sports gunshot in martinez, people had strong opinions on the topic, the owner, ron kennedy says president obama unpressure to take action under the new town tragedy. two people we spoke with support efforts to support gun violence and mental source resources. >> the mental health is a huge concern. >> not sure how the policies would look but both of them should be looked to and regulated. it is scary out there. >> the state attorney general's office has ceased more than 2,000 fire armies this year from people possessing weapons including people mentally unstable. we have more cover
to pull together. 12-year-old jocelyn cardenaz came from danbury, connecticut it drop off flowers at a memorial for the 26 people killed at sandy hook elementary school. >> even though we didn't know anyone directly just hurt because you never know what's going to happen next. >> reporter: she is one of many grieving for those gunned down in newtown, connecticut friday morning. investigators identified the shooter as 20-year-old adam lanza. the medical examiner says everyone was shot multiple times with a rifle. >> this probably is the worst i have seen. >> reporter: eight boys and 12 girls all ages 6 and 7 died including anna marcus green the daughter of a well-known saxophone player and emily parker who moved to newtown a year ago. >> she was a type person that could just light up the room. she -- [ crying ] ... >> she always had something kind to say about anybody. >> reporter: this community of about 27,000 is coming together to try to cope with this tragedy. all throughout town people are putting up signs like this one to support each other. >> we will put our arms around tho
members grieve for the loss of their loved ones. 12-year-old jocelyn cardenas came from danbury, connecticut it drop off flowers at a memorial for the 26 people killed at sandy hook elementary school. >> even though we didn't know anyone directly just hurt because you never know what's going to happen next. >> reporter: she is one of many grieving for those gunned down in newtown, connecticut friday morning. investigators identified the shooter as 20-year-old adam lanza. the medical examiner says everyone was shot multiple times with a rifle. >> this probably is the worst i have seen. >> reporter: eight boys and 12 girls all ages 6 and 7 died including ana marquez-greene, the daughter of a well-known saxophone player; and emilie parker, who moved to newtown a year ago. >> she was a type of person that could just light up the room. she -- [ crying ] >> she always had something kind to say about anybody. >> reporter: this community of about 27,000 is coming together to try to cope with this tragedy. all throughout town people are putting up signs like this one to support each othe
consolable getting led out of school. the hospital in neighboring danbury connecticut is treating three patient. the school and the facility was on lockdown. we spoke with the mayor of danbury who said the communities had actions plans in place. >> whether it was a school shooter or mass casualty we drill and we practice and the kids practice. that is why we need these things so we are ready. >> we spoke with an 8-year-old would came out of school 10 minutes ago and said she remembers fire drills and we know a drill is one thing but a mass shooting is another. little can prepare you for this. the parents have been stunned saying they have known newtown, connecticut, as one of the safest places in the country. rick? rick: we are surrounded by dozens of members of the media. the governor is very close and is expected to approach the podium. i want to update our viewers on information from a reliable federal law enforcement source who says the shooter in this case may not be ryan lanza but his brother. ryan lanza is in custody in new jersey and that adam, 20, is, in fact, the shooter and u
additional children were transported to danbury hospital later pronounced dead. sex adults including the school's principal dead at the scene. the shooter is dead, as well. separately, an adult dead. that is, the assailant's mother is dead but, again, the reports that the father had been killed in new jersey may not be accurate. reports are that the father is much alive. now stepping back to get a sense from former city mayor giuliani. mayor, so much to put together. >>guest: this is horrendous and something it is hard to keep your emotions in check. all of us who are parents, a nightmare you live through, a quiet community, semi rural community, near the federal prison that i know well, danbury prison. this has to be a total complete traumatic blow to the community. you will not get easy answers, there are in easy answers. anyone who tries to present easy 18s is ignoring the problem and to examine why it happened, is it happening more frequently, can we reduce it? everyone has to be on the table, you cannot be an advocate or one social view or political view or the other. is life de
will be buried here. >> thank you very much. appreciate that. >> about a 20-minute drive from here in danbury, people gathered for a tribute to newtown. gary tuchman is there. he joins us now. gary? >> anderson a very emotional evening right now. this is a painful story for all of us all over the world and it is acute here in the state of connecticut. and right now in danbury, connecticut, about 15 miles away from newtown, a tribute to newtown, to the victims, the survivors, music, prayer. a short time ago a video tribute of the 20 children who died and the six adults who died and it was so emotional. so hard to watch. beautiful music playing. beautiful songs playing while everyone in this room, hundreds of people from throughout the state of connecticut experiencing it. one thing, anderson, i know it is the same with you, we have covered so many tragedies, it's so discouraging, bombings, shooting. what's amazing, here we made so many friends already. i'm grateful for the friends i've made at these tragedies but so sorry for making these friends. that is what is happening right now. people ar
tribute to the murdered children and adults. gary tuchman is in danbury, which is about a 20 minute drive from newtown, i know, gary, you are at a vigil tonight. >> well, that's right, erin. all over the world we feel anguish about what happened. but nowhere is it more acute than in this small state. and here in danbury, this is called a tribute to newtown. there are hundreds of people through the the state of connecticut who are here to to pay support to the victims, the family members. we know from covering tragedies, the key to coping with it is for people to get together, so we have middle school bands who are here. an ensemble from the university here, which is western connecticut state university. right now, there's a pastor who's speaking. there will be a video tribute shortly to the children and to the adults killed. everyone who's come in here is getting gifts. the red cross is supplying mickey mouse dolls to the children. disney supplied them to the red cross, the red cross is supplying them to the kids. everyone is getting a candle and the adults are all gets roses, so it's a v
will be joined by the mayor of danbury right next to newtown. thank you for joining me. this is almost beyond description, beyond any understanding. how is the community dealing with this or are they? what can you do? >> well, obviously it's been a horrific day in the greater danbury area and particularly the town of newtown. our heart goes out to the individuals who lost loved ones today and obviously the children and the staff and everybody else. it's been an incredibly difficult day. i have to tell you that we're doing what needs to be done. the first responders were tremendous and the staff have been heroic in terms of their approach to this. it's an absolute international tragedy and crisis. >> i understand that you knew the principal of the school who also was killed. >> that's correct. i had the honor of working in the same school system and very close proximity to dawn who passed away today. she was a teacher in the school system and elevated up through the ranks and ended up the principal here in newtown. a committed, hardworking and dedicated educator. someone who cared deeply about
that. about a 20 minute drive from here in danbury, people have gathered for a tribute to newtown, gary tuchman is there. he joins us now. gary? >> reporter: anderson, a very emotional evening right now. this is a painful story for all of us all over the world and it is acute here in the state of connecticut. and right now in danbury, connecticut, about 15 miles away from newtown, a tribute to newtown, the families, the survivors, music and prayer. a short time ago a video tribute to the 20 children who died and it was so hard to watch, it was so emotional, beautiful music playing, while everyone in this room, hundreds of people throughout the state of connecticut experiencing it. one thing, anderson, i know it is the same with you, we have covered so many tragedies, what is amazing here, we have made so many friends, i'm grateful, but sorry for how we have made these friends. that is what is happening right now. people are getting together -- there's no such thing as closure. there will be suffering, particularly in these families who lost loved ones, the more people stay together, get
wounded in the school shooting in newtown. connecticut were treated at a hospital in nearby danbury. doctors there said they had dozens of people standing by in the emergency room to treate multiple victims. but even they couldn't escape the gravity of the situation. >> it is unthinkable. we are all hurting here. we're also all professionals and committing to providing care and what did the committee counts on us for. as i mentioned earlier, this is with the community counts on us for. this is our community. it >>pam: hospital officials would not give an update on the statuses of the victims. but danbury mayor mark boughton said the victims were in "very serious" condition. once the gravity of the situation became apparent. >> oftwitter was flooded with reaction from elected officials. san francisco mayor ed lee tweeted this afternoon, "today's shocking events in connecticut are an unimaginable national tragedy. words cannot express our grief and sympathy for the families affected." u.s. senator dianne feinstein said "i am horrified and incensed by today's tragedy in connecticut. we
] >> i'm proud to say that i'm a physician assistant and i work in the danbury-newborn intensive care unit. i'm 30 years old. [ inaudible question ] >> the best thing that i can think of to do to move on is to help other people. when you help other people, you feel better about yourself. and the more people help other people than then the more people are blessed. and when your life feels blessed, you feel like you can take on the world. >> you work at the danbury hospital? >> yes. >> you work with newborns? >> yes. [ inaudible question ] >> i was at work when my wife called me. and then i was able to find a television and start trying to get any information i can. >> were you there when any of the children -- >> i wasn't. i don't work in the emergency room, so i wasn't involved with any of that. [ inaudible question ] >> you know what's interesting about that, my family just moved to newtown about eight months ago. when i accepted the job here. so the impression i got from people on the east coast was a lot different from what i experienced when i got here, that's for sure. everybody
transported to a nearby hospital in danbury with a gunshot wound. >> ahead of him it is difficult to see the wat them that was responding. those vehicles raced from newtown from all over the state of connecticut. >> we heard numerous reports that one gunman maybe two. and two reports said that one gunman may be dead . it is a fast-move fluid situation in the school . >> i think it is it important on a day like today to view this as i know the president, as a father does and i the father and others who partners certain lie do, which -- other parents certainly do. feeling enormous sympathy for the families that are affected. and do everything we can. >>s are telling fox nuse that 26 people are dead at this time and eight adults including the shooter and 18 children . >> is a gun shot and so they are trying to figure out what happened . we tell them what happened in the deat as and it makes it much worse. >> the shooter may a young man 20 years old and he may live in new jersey and there may have been a separate situation there, a crime scene where they kicked down the door of that person's
danbury hospital described the scene there as parents waited for word about their children. >> parents, all these parents were waiting for their children to come out. they thought they were, you know, still alive. and there's 20 parents that were just told that their children are dead. it was awful. >> the father of a young girl who survived was just trying to process it all. >> it was shocking. i got the call at work this morning and -- i can't believe a small town like this would ever have anything like this happen. and to be in an elementary school, it's unheard of. >> by late friday afternoon and into the evening, evacuated children were being cared for and reuniting with their parents at a nearby fire house. brian todd, cnn, washington. >> we're also getting a lot of questions about how you can help those affected. if you want to help, go to cnn.com/impact. john? >> thanks so much, ali. as everyone knows, our focus as much as it can be is on victims. there is an investigation going on right now. there are so many questions. and we're learning more now about the suspected shooter i
't imagine what their pain is like today. >> pelley: the trauma unit at the hospital in danbury, connecticut, about ten miles away, was immediately mobilized. three victims were taken there and the doctors were read ready to help more, but no more wounded came. jeff glor is at the hospital. >> reporter: scott, two of the children who were taken here died. it's our understanding that one patient is still being treated tonight. when this happened, they had four trauma teams ready but, as you mentioned, one of the most heartbreaking realizations here is that the hospital realized most of the victims would never even leave the school. we spoke with dr. john murphy, who was coordinating coverage this morning. >> well, i was in the emergency room when we got the call that there would not be any more victims coming. and that was a devastating call to get and the room fell silent when we shared the news and there was a moment of deep grief recognizing what that meant. >> reporter: that most of the victims couldn't be saved. >> that's correct. >> reporter: scott, this is the main hospital in a small
communities gathered at western connecticut state university in danbury. for the "tribute to new town". a special event of support for the grieving town. in his initial remarks about the shooting which took the lives of 20-school children. president obama promised meaningful action to prevent gun violence. today. he took the first step toward that goal. grant lodes is standing by with more on that. grant ? return to index of stories... president obama talking tough this morning.about the need to reduce gun voilence.especially mass shootings like the one we just saw. and today we learned vice president joe biden will lead a task force that will present a set of gun control recommendations to the president. issues likey to be at the forefront.military-style assault weapons, high capacity ammunition clips, and loopholes to get around background checks. the president said he will make very specific proposals once he gets the recommendations next month. on friday.the n- r-a will talk for the first time since the elementary school shooting. return to index of stories... california has some
a mutual aid agreement. danbury has a bigger police force and state police were in here. john berman said the authorities did a fantastic job of shepherding everybody and giving a great information flow, but ultimately they are maybe trained for it but have had no experience with this. one homicide in this town in ten years, what is it like for police in a situation like that who don't deal with these situations on a regular basis? when they get the calls, the 911 dispatch calls that tells them there's a shooting in a school on lockdown and they are hearing gunfire? >> it appears in this case the police action was exceptionally well coordinated and well executed. they went to the scene and didn't know if they had more shooters. hay had to not only secure the premesis but go throughout the community. kids ran out of the school with no telling where they ran to. the possibility of additional shooters that may have run into the wooded area surrounding the school, so the police had an overwhelming task from the first minute of this incident to really even continue with now. so in this case th
as counseling session? >> the local hospital, danbury hospital, offered their crisis intervention counselors. they will be available at reid intermediate school, on wasserman way. they are available right now if need be and they will be there all weekend. >> are there parents gathe gathering? describe that. >> the parents certainly have gathered at the local firehouse, which is adjacent to the school. we have done our best to comfort them and try to reassure them we have done everything we can. but as mentioned, it's a difficult process to confirm the status of an entire elementary school. we need to be right when we do that. >> this is healing. we have to think about the families now and do everything we can for them. >> we can't confirm any of that right now. the investigation is ongoing. >> are the parents finding out now? >> there are still parents there, yes. i don't have a number for you. i don't have a number for you. >> when did you realize -- what the magnitude was, how long did it take you to realize the magnitude? >> minutes after our officers were there they realized what a horri
events scheduled. i heard that there was something wrong in the danbury area. as the details mounted, i left hartford to goo newtown and to the firehouse in sandy hook. i arrived there as a public official, but what i saw was through the eyes of a parent. the firehouse in sandy hook was where parents went to find out if tir children were okay. the way they found out was that their children appeared or they didn't, and after a while, some of the children came, some were reunited with their parents there or at the school, and their parents took them home, and others did not. i will live forever wit the sights and sounds of those parents as they emerged from the firehouse. the cries and sobbing, the cries of grief and anguish, the lo on those faces. the murder -- murderer blasted his sayway no the elementary school in sandy hook armed with a bushmaster a return 15, a 10-millimeter gridlock missile and a 9-millimeter and a multiple magazines filled with ten, 15, 30 rounds, hundreds of rounds that he used in an execution-style massacre. wayne carver, who is the state medical examiner for con
dispatcher said that one teacher has been transported to a nearby hospital in danbury with a gunshot wound. >> ahead of him it is difficult to see the wat them that was responding. those vehicles raced from newtown from all over the state of connecticut. >> we heard numerous reports that one gunman maybe two. and two reports said that one gunman may be dead . it is a fast-move fluid situation in the school . >> i think it is it important on a day like today to view this as i know the president, as a father does and i the father and others who partners certain lie do, which -- other parents certainly do. feeling enormous sympathy for the families that are affected. and do everything we can. >>s are telling fox nuse that 26 people are dead at this time and eight adults including the shooter and 18 children . >> is a gun shot and so they are trying to figure out what happened . we tell them what happened in the deat as and it makes it much worse. >> the shooter may a young man 20 years old and he may live in new jersey and there may have been a separate situation there, a crime scene where th
, there are only 27 names, not 28, but nancy lanza age 52, the mother of the killer. down the street from danbury, connecticut, teach them well, a quote from the president at the vigil and the memorial ceremony. commentators are speaking of the shootings here in newtown. we will have more coverage as our team continues live in newtown. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] campbell's green bean casserole. it's amazing what soup can do >> the school shooting here in newtown brings the issue of gun violence to the front burner. this is a complicated issue and the press secretary said the president supports certain gun restrictions he said we must also reassess how we dole with things such as mental health. >> the president has long supported reinstating the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. as the president has said, and i just said this is a complex problem that requires complex and a variety of solutions. >>reporter: a new abc abc -- abc news and "washington post" people are at 54 percent who want more strict gun control laws compared to 43 percent who oppose this. >> last night the president got hi
goods store. it's a chain and it's located in danbury, connecticut. someone may have purchased a gun there, possibly him on tuesday, but decided against it. they spent a lot of time there talking to employees and even tracking down the store's surveillance camera videos to see if they can capture him on tape, but that tip did not pan out. we understand that authorities have plans to keep doing that today. john? >> and, susan, are we getting any sense of any new information of really what transpired at the school friday morning and the impossible question is really, is there any evidence yet pointing towards a motive? >> oh, the motive, no. we've been asking that, again and again. we did hear from investigators saying that they are picking up what they call very important evidence to try to figure that out at both the crime scene and at the home that the shooter shared with his mother. but they're not revealing what they consider to be that important evidence. we do know this, that the three guns that he took there, guns that were legally purchased, according to authorities by his mot
in the state of connecticut. and right now in danbury, connecticut, about 15 miles away from newtown, a tribute to newtown, the families, the survivors, music and prayer. a short time ago a video tribute of the 20 children who died, the six adults who died, and it was so emotional, so hard to watch, beautiful music playing, beautiful songs playing, while everyone in this room, hundreds of people from the state of connecticut experiencing it. one thing, anderson, i know it is the same with you, we have covered so many tragedies. it's so discouraging, bombings, shootings. and what's amazing here, we have made so many friends, i'm grateful for the friends i've made, but so sorry for how we've made these friends. that's what's happening right now. there's no such thing as closure. they'll be suffering, particularly the families who lost loved ones. but the more people stay together, get together, become friendly together, the easier that recovery will be for them. the recovery, of course, is never complete for so many people. anderson? >> gary, thanks, we have a lot more ahead, including a conversa
of danbury hospital. he talked about the moment he received the phone call expecting two dozen victims who will come here requiring immediate medical care. he amassed 80 doctors and nurses, the finest surgeons available to be prepared for anything and everything, and they only received three injured victims at this point. they said about ten minutes later, that's when they realized that no more were coming. it's important to note, he said, this obviously affected everyone who was in this hospital at the time. all the police officers, the firefighters, the children and teachers inside the school, the parents, there is no one in this community who wasn't affected. this means this is going to be a community that will require medical, emotional care for years to come. they have set up services that people can access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. they actually have mobile labs spread out throughout the community to help anyone who feels a moment of crisis because this is something they will deal with, they're bringing it home to their family. he told me it was the single most traumatic eve
of new york city. it's near danbury, connecticut. the young man who police say was the shooter reportedly walked into two different classrooms at sandy hook elementary. he fired dozens of rounds. he killed 26 people. 18 children pronounced dead at the scene. six adults pronounced dead at the scene. and then two children who survived their initial wounds and were hospitalized later died in hospital. the shooter then killed himself at the school. the associated press is citing a law enforcement official moments ago saying authorities found more than the previously described two guns at the school once they responded. more firearms than the two we have previously heard about. they're not giving any further details yet. but that report just in from the associated press. the students who were not shot, none of them older than fourth graders, were escorted out of the building by police officers this morning. they were taken to a fire station next door. police officers reportedly told some of the children to keep their eyes closed until they had reached the parking lot. law enforcement officials
displays from its store in danbury, connecticut, its closest store to newtown. and the private equity firm cerberus, something like that, capital management announced today that it will sell its company, freedom group, which makes the rifle used in friday's shooting. washington post columnist and msnbc political analyst, a senior fellow at the sunlight foundation, i want to start with you, because this is one of those experienced questions. and it is a matter of kind of gathering the sensation of all of this, some of us have been saying since monday, anyway, that this time it feels different. the event itself on friday felt different. the aftermath feels different, and the political aftermath feels different. >> i absolutely feel that way. i mean, i think you can feel it all over the country. you can feel it in what politicians are saying. joe manchin doesn't say what he said lightly. joe scarborough, as you pointed out doesn't say something like that lightly. when people's children are killed, 20 children, i think this reached people in the country in another way, even where these other a
been suspended again. another gun show scheduled to start january 5th in danbury, connecticut, which is very nearby the shooting site, that gun show has also been canceled. the show's promoter is not as yet commenting as to why. those were all relatively unexpected developments in the business side of the guns world today. there was also unexpected news in the political side of the guns world. michigan's republican governor is rick snyder. and today he vetoed a republican bill that would have allowed concealed weapons inside of michigan churches, day-care centers, and schools. the bill passed through the republican-led michigan legislature late on the night before the killings at newtown. literally, just a few hours before that horrific scene became the center of the entire country's attention. when the bill got to his desk, governor snyder said right away that the newtown massacre was weighing on his decision. he told the ap that public safety concerns had been heightened and deserved extra consideration following friday's mass shooting. he said, quote, what that legislation says wi
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